Tesla faces potentially class action suit from sudden acceleration issues in Model X

The lawsuit had cited incidents of sudden acceleration from NHTSA’s database and on this basis has sought class action status.

A model X owner has sued Tesla Motors stating that his EV suddenly accelerated while being parked, causing it to crash through the garage into his living room, in the process injuring the driver and the passenger.

According to Ji Chang Son, the owner of the Model X, when he slowly pulled into his driveway, as his garage door opened, the car suddenly accelerated forwards.

“The vehicle spontaneously began to accelerate at full power, jerking forward and crashing through the interior wall of the garage, destroying several wooden support beams in the wall and a steel sewer pipe, among other things, and coming to rest in Plaintiffs’ living room,” reads the lawsuit.

The lawsuit has been filed in a U.S. District Court in Central California. It seeks to claim class action status.

The lawsuit has cited 7 complaints registered in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which deals with issues of sudden acceleration without warning.

Tesla has stated it has “conducted a thorough investigation” of the claims made in the lawsuit by Son.

“The evidence, including data from the car, conclusively shows that the crash was the result of Mr. Son pressing the accelerator pedal all the way to 100 percent,” said a Tesla spokesperson.

Tesla has also stated it has various ways to protect against pedal misapplication, including using sensors in its Autopilot which distinguishes between normal pedal usages from erroneous ones.

The lawsuit has alleged negligence, breaches of warranty, product liability and seeks unspecified damages.

Tesla had launched the Model X in late 2015. It was its first sport utility vehicle.


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